Sorrow, Anger, and Hope in Lamentations

The book of Lamentations, sometimes called the "Lamentations of Jeremiah", is one of the shorter and more deeply sorrowful books of the Hebrew Bible. From the text, we imagine a lonely, existential man crying out to deaf-heaven from the depths. The book moves from a lament of the city as it weeps in despair (Chapter 1), … Continue reading Sorrow, Anger, and Hope in Lamentations

Notes on the Context of the Tanakh

The ancient national identity of Israel arose as a separate and unique group from the Canaanite and Philistine tribes of the ancient Levant (French meaning "rising" coming from the Arabic phrase for the 'rising sun in the east'). Today the Levant roughly comprises Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Syria, Palestine (the territories), and Lebanon. In the late … Continue reading Notes on the Context of the Tanakh